Half Marathon Training - Week 1

I'm so excited to share this six week series of my half marathon training with you guys! It's my first half marathon so I wanted to document the journey and I figured that this was the best place to do it! I just learned about the half marathon that I'm doing this past week. Since January I have had an alignment issue causing problems with my hips and legs (which I just figured out Thursday, yes I procrastinated going to the doctor for almost 4 months) and I wasn't sure if it would even be possible for me to train for a half at all. I started training this week though just to be safe because it's only 6 weeks away!! And after today I know that it is possible so I am really excited about it!

I figured that a weekly recap of all of my workouts would be the best way to do things. I'm basing my training off of Life In Leggings training plan but I have mixed some things up a bit to fit my own needs!

Monday

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I started Monday with a rest day! I want to make Sunday's my long runs so Monday's will always be a rest day!

The best rest days are active ones! I went to the playground with my friend for a while. Yes it's totally acceptable to play on the playground at 22 years old.

Tuesday

Tuesday was my first official training run. I had a pretty tough day on Tuesday but I promised myself that if I only did one productive thing that it would be this run. I did it and it was awesome.

Distance: 3 miles Time: 30 minutes

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I am currently using an app on my phone and I don't feel like it's accurate with the distance and timing. I'm working on getting a running watch and after that happens then I'll start to share my pace too!

P.S. Ignore the dirty clothes hanging out in the background. Whoops!

Wednesday

Time to bike! It was such a beautiful day on Wednesday. The best possible day for a bike ride. I got off of work and went straight out the door for a 13.5 mile bike ride! I have a few loops that I like to do so I combined them and got in the best hilly ride. I have a love hate relationship with hills. Mostly love though, which is obviously good.

Distance: 13.5 miles Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Thursday

Tempo run day! I haven't attempted a tempo run since high school. I found it somewhat difficult to keep my pace by using my phone app. This run was ultimately the determining factor that I need to purchase a watch. But given my circumstances I felt like the run went really well! I felt good the whole time and got really excited for the rest of my training. Plus I was trying to beat the rain which motived me to get my run finished asap after work. Thank you PA weather!

Distance: 4 miles Time: 40 minutes

I finished off my workout with a very vanilla protein shake with my favorite Sunwarrior protein. Delicious!

Friday

I thought that this run would be easy and I was excited for it... until it happened. I had plans to make an appointment (and hopefully get in today) at the chiropractors. It was my first time going there so I didn't know what to expect. I decided that I should get my run out of the way in the morning just to be safe.

I ate my breakfast way too close to my run and was feeling it the whole time! It definitely slowed me down and made 3 miles feel like 33 miles. I know that I'm bound to have some not so great runs but I was still frustrated with myself. I finished it though! That's all that matters.

Distance: 3 miles Time: 32 minutes

Saturday

Rest day!!

Each day I finished off my run with some yoga. I do yoga everyday. The amount of time that I practice varies but I still make sure to schedule time in my day to do it. I feel as if it's very important mentally and physically, especially during training time.

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I also find it very important to fuel my body with good foods and enough of them. I think that I might share more of my food during training time too! Overall I am happy with how this week went! I officially signed up for the half marathon on Thursday so I am very excited to continue throughout the training knowing that I will be running my first half next month.

I can't wait to share the remaining weeks with you and see how much I improve throughout the month.

Have you done a half marathon before? If so, share some tips with me!

Create The Life You Want - May Goals

Happy May my Friends!! I hope that your days are becoming filled with more sunshine than ever. I am so excited for this coming month! I wait all year for warm weather and sunshine. I feel like I'm so much more productive during the summer months than I am any other time of the year. I got my first (accidental) sunburn this past month and it was a pretty terrible one. I always use sunscreen if I'm going to be outside for long periods of time, but I was so excited about the warm day and sunscreen didn't even cross my mind. I couldn't help but smile because of the sunburn because that means that good days are ahead! Woo!

It's that time of the month again to set some new goals. I'm excited. How is your goal setting going? Let me know!

Before we get to it though, let's review my April goals!

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April Goal Reviews

  • Work more on really putting myself out there I think I'm doing fairly well at this! I'm working on posting things on here and Instagram that I want to post and not worrying too much about it. Yay!
  • Find and write down three good things from each day I've been on and off for this. I do write each day but not in this format like I wish that I did. Come on self!!
  • Oil pull everyday I. Love. Doing. This. I do this everyday!! Love, love, love. Highly recommended and I'm so glad that I made this a habit this past month.
  • Meditate consistently Oh boy... I don't even know if I did this more than a few days. So bad! Maybe I'll try again in May.
  • Talk more about veganism Trying to do this!! I really am and I think that I'm achieving it. Woo hoo!

I had a very challenging and tough April so I am really pleased with what I was able to achieve! I don't allow myself to get stressed out or feel guilty for not reaching some of my goals. Life happens. Being aware of your set goals and your aspirations is what matters the most! Plus, there's always next month!

  • Train for a half marathon I'm running a half marathon next month! I just signed up today and I am so excited! I've always loved running but have never committed myself to signing up for a race longer than a 5k.
  • Take a yoga class I'm so bad at doing this. I really want to be good at it, but my options are limited in my location. Whenever I'm in the position to take a class though I usually get nervous about going to a new studio. I'm very spoiled by taking so many Strala classes when I'm in NYC and there's nothing like that in my area. I want to try new things though and it's happening this month!
  • Say yes more I'm very lazy when it comes to hanging out with friends for the most part. I always think about how I could work on creating recipes, writing posts, etc. in the time that we would be hanging out. That's not fair to them or to me! So I'm working on saying yes more. I started this already. I made plans twice with friends so far this week and I think that it's been great for me. I think it'll motivate me more and help me to get more done!
  • Get rid of 50 materialistic items I started this with 100 items. But then I figured that I need to start slow here or I'll get overwhelmed. Plus if I do 50 things then I can always go for more as well! I've been wanting to own less materialistic things. I feel like the more I get rid of, the more that I get out of life and appreciate. I want to redo my wardrobe almost completely and this will be a good step towards doing so.
  • Floss daily Okay maybe this is gross to some of you and maybe this is normal to others. But I don't floss everyday. I'm lucky to floss once a week. Whoops. Since last month I started oil pulling I figured that this month is a great time to get on the flossing train too! Making it happen. My teeth will thank me, I already know.
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Let's do this! It's amazing how much you can accomplish over a months worth of time by taking things day by day and checking off each thing as time goes by. I'm excited for May and all of the things that I want to achieve. What about you?! Let me know!

How I Started Losing Weight After I Stopped Dieting

Let's face it; most of us have tried a diet regime at one point or another in our lives. Atkins diet, Grapefruit diet, South Beach diet, NutriSystem. Maybe you've counted calories religiously or cut carbs out of your diet. There are many, many unhealthy ways that people go about losing weight and sadly a lot of people will go to extremes just to see the numbers on the scale decrease. Diets usually start off well for the first couple of days or so but then it all goes downhill for the majority of people. When you follow a diet plan you're usually depriving your body of important nutrients that it begins to crave or you're not allowing yourself a certain food, which only makes you want that food even more than usual. Once you start to crave something then it can result in nutrient deficiencies and/or binge eating.

This is a vicious cycle that a lot of people are stuck in. They never find themselves losing the weight that they want to and some even begin to gain.

I have people asking me what my "secret" is. How do I maintain a healthy lifestyle? Do I count calories? What am I cutting out of my diet? How often do I exercise?

It's taken me a while to get to this point with myself because for a long time I was guilty of being an avid calorie counter, restricter, and over exerciser. But I have found peace within myself and no longer count, restrict, or over exercise which has brought me nothing but true happiness and contentment with myself.

Here's how I did it:

Don't put any foods off limit- I used to have certain foods that I wouldn't allow myself to have or I'd only allow myself a small amount of things like cakes, cookies, pizza, etc. Not allowing myself to have these foods made me want these foods much more than I'd want them if I didn't put them "off limits."

Now I allow myself anything. If I want a cookie, then I go get a cookie and I enjoy it. If food is accessible to you at all times it really doesn't become that much of a specialty and you'll find yourself not craving it as often.

Incorporate whole foods into your diet- Throw away that box of "mashed potatoes" and go pick up a bag of potatoes at the store. Boil those potatoes and mash them yourself. When buying actual potatoes and not a boxed version you know what goes in to your body. You're not feeding yourself spoonfuls of preservatives and chemicals, you get quality whole foods instead.

Incorporating whole foods into your diet can change you completely. You'll see your energy levels go up, your mood will become more positive, and you'll learn a few new skills in the kitchen!

Exercise- When I say that word I know that some people cringe. Hang with me here.

All you have to do is find an activity that you enjoy. If you hate running, then please don't force yourself to run every day. There's no fun in that! There is an activity out there that you'll enjoy and will benefit you. Try new things! Maybe you've always wanted to give tennis a shot. What better time is there than now? Even if you enjoy taking a walk to the park to read a book, that's better than nothing!

Plus, after you begin eating more whole foods, you'll have all kinds of energy to exert into something!

Love yourself- I believe that this is the most important one. If you love yourself, you'll want to take care of yourself. You'll make sure that you give yourself enough rest each night and enough food each day. You'll take time to do things you enjoy, but you'll also work hard and succeed in things that are important to you.

I began doing those things and I lost 10 pounds in 3 months. I wasn't even trying to lose weight either. I look better. I feel better. And most importantly, I'm happier. I take care of myself and I enjoy taking care of and inspiring others as well.

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Get rid of the dieting, restricting, and self hatred. You only get one body and one life. Don't waste time being miserable. Start to accept yourself and take care of your body. You'll see the best results of your life. It may not be easy at first, but once you start you'll see that it's truly worth it and you won't look back.